Achievement in Science Award – Reunion 2009

Jonathan Crowther is very Drew-connected:  his father earned two degrees from the Theological School, his sister preceded him in the College, and he is married to Molly Waldron Crowther C’82, currently an adjunct professor in the Chemistry Department.  What has earned him the Alumni/ae Award in Science, however, is his ability to make quite different connections.  He is a leader in analytical research and development, solving complicated problems in the pharmaceutical and diagnostic businesses.

Jonathan graduated from Drew with a chemistry major, experience in scientific research (unusual at that time), and wonderful soccer memories.  He earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rutgers University in 1984, and went on to post-doctoral work at Cornell.  In 1985 he joined Allied Signal, Inc.’s Water Treatment Polymers group in Syracuse, New York as head of analytical chemistry.  He moved on to Johnson & Johnson’s Immunobiology Research Institute in Annandale, New Jersey in 1988, where he spent ten years as director of analytical services.  Along the way, he also taught at Rutgers, Hobart College, and Drew.  He went to Belgium to develop international programs with Janssen Research Foundation, and returned New Jersey as Janssen’s director of analytical services and systems.

In 2003 Jonathan joined Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, another J&J company in Raritan, New Jersey.  He is now a senior research fellow heading the Analytical Services and Product Support group, a highly skilled group supporting the company’s global business.  He continues a career of analytical research and troubleshooting, implementing and directing new methodology that has influenced product development.  Johnson & Johnson has named him a “Distinguished Analytical Scientist.”

Asked the greatest satisfaction of his career to date, Jonathan cites the opportunities he has had to train talented young scientists, including a number of Drew graduates.  He is thankful for the “superb faculty” at Drew that kept him on his toes, and he has kept in touch over the years.

He recruited Drew Professor James Miller to help design Johnson & Johnson’s acclaimed Lab Analysts Training and Certification Program, an in-house course in chemical analysis.  Together they arranged for Drew to certify the program, and a grateful Johnson & Johnson made a substantial gift of equipment to the Science Department.  Jonathan and Dr. Miller went on to collaborate on Analytical Chemistry in a GMP Environment:  A Practical Guide (John Wiley, 2000), based on the course curriculum they developed.  Dr. Miller speaks warmly of the “long, happy relationship” he has had with both Jonathan and Molly Crowther.

Jonathan and Molly live in Stanton, New Jersey with their two teenagers, Georgia and Tommy.